The Bombay High Court on Monday posted the 26/11 matter for February 7 “for directions.” Arguments from the prosecution and the defence in the confirmation case of 26/11 accused Ajmal Kasab, and in the Maharashtra appeals against the acquittal of co-accused Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed have concluded.
The date set by the High Court is for further directions and not for the pronouncement of judgment. However, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has told the media that if the judgment is ready by then, the court may pronounce it. Else, it is likely to set a date for the verdict after hearing the queries of the advocates, if any.
Kasab's counsel Farhana Shah told The Hindu: “The court will take queries from us. Or, it may also intimate us before February 7 if the judgment is ready and if there are any queries.”
The matters argued before the High Court since the case hearings began on October 18 are; confirmation of the death sentence handed out by the trial court to Kasab last May. The defence has appealed against the sentence; two appeals filed by the State against the acquittal of Fahim and Sabahuddin.
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